December 13, 2019

Protecting Your Skin Barrier

Life is all about the victories. It’s about overcoming obstacles and taking home the gold. It’s about bending the rules to do something no one has ever done before. And it’s about putting your best foot (or face) forward when it really counts, which is why your skincare regimen is so important. 

If you can get up before the sun for a workout, squeeze out a few more reps in the weight room, and push for that personal record, then your skincare routine should be a piece of cake. After all, it’s the consistent small actions that bring big results. 

What is a Skin Barrier?

The skin barrier is the outermost layer of skin that protects everything underneath it from toxins. It also helps to ensure that much-needed moisture doesn’t escape and leave you looking pruny or scaly. Learning about the skin barrier and how you can keep it strong and functional is a must!


How Does a Skin Barrier Get Damaged?

Your skin moisture barrier can be damaged by a number of things, including aging, environmental factors like pollution, use of alcohol or smoking, dehydration, and over exfoliating or washing too much. Our nutrition and stress levels can also have an impact on the skin barrier by causing damage from the inside. This outer layer of skin can also be damaged by sun, wind, saltwater, and other elements to which athletes are frequently exposed.

How to Repair Skin Barrier

Start by assessing your individual skin type and lifestyle. Are you a surfer whose skin dries out after spending time in the ocean? Are you a runner who experiences skin changes according to the weather? Is your skin naturally more oily or dry? What products do you use currently, and how often? Do your skin care products contain harsh chemicals or added fragrances?

Once you have identified potential causes and specific problems, create a plan of action with a goal in mind. Utilize the following tips for the best results:

  • Drink more water
  • Always wear sunscreen
  • Cut back on exfoliating
  • Use gentle cleansers
  • Use products with ingredients like niacinamide, retinoids, linoleic acid, and vitamins A,C, and E
  • Eat more healthy fats like omega 3 and 6 or salmon, anti-inflammatory foods like ginger and pomegranate, plus hydrating foods like cucumber and celery
  • Turn down the water temperature—hot water can strip skin of moisture
  • Lower your stress levels

How Long to Repair Skin Barrier

How long it takes to repair the skin barrier varies based on the amount of damage, skin type, and level of commitment. If you are consistent, you should see noticeable improvement within a month, but that doesn’t mean you can quit or slack off at this point. Make good skin care an ongoing practice for optimal results.

Where to Find Great Skin Care Products

For the best defense against skin barrier damage, or to repair the skin barrier, choose products with ultra-moisturizing and natural ingredients. TropicSport has a greatskin care collection that uses ingredients like aloe, vitamin E, and tropical oils. You can find everything you need for great skin, from sunscreen and scrubs to cleansers, bodywash, and lotions. Plus, all our products are safe for the environment and ocean wildlife, so you can be sure you’re not damaging your skin or the coral reefs. 

Gentle skin care for all your extremities is what we do. Check out ournatural and eco-friendly sunscreens and stock up on skin care products to help protect your skin barrier!

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